C&C appreciated - Basics balancing ambient and flash...

Started Apr 7, 2013 | Photos thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: And then there's this . . .

Barrie Davis wrote:

Professional photographic studios do NOT have matte black walls and ceiling. The usual colour is white, to encourage bounce around, and to provide bounce surfaces without having to erect them specially. As a concession for very small studios, light grey may be used.

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Barrie, I suspect that many professionals have white or light gray walls instead of black because black is so depressing to work in.

If the studio is really small then the white walls could can a stray light control problem but not if the studio is of a reasonable size - the inverse square law at work.

Small studio space is also a reason to use softboxes instead of umbrellas since they control light spread better.  Add some flags and for the most part stray light ceases to be a problem.

The same applies to post processing.  It is important that you don't have any light shining directly on the face of the monitor or lights in positions that cause reflections.  Having a constant lighting level is important, which is why windows are bad, but hardware color calibrators can automatically adjust the monitor brightness to compensate for reasonable changes in the level of room lighting.  It is a good idea to use daylight color temperature lighting to make comparing prints with monitor images easy, but not vital.  Room color really isn't all that important except psychologically.

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